The Oxnard College Latino Thought Makers Series is pleased to present “An Evening With Alisa Valdes” on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the Oxnard College Performing Arts Center Auditorium (OCPA) located at 4000 S. Rose Avenue in Oxnard, CA. Valdes, an author, film producer, and Emmy Award winning journalist, known for her bestselling novel, The Dirty Girls Social Club, will discuss her career and literary works with host Rick Najera, Director, Screenwriter, Actor, and Comedian. The evening begins with a reception in front of the OCPA at 5:30 p.m., followed by the main event at 7 p.m.

Sponsored by the Oxnard College Institute for Latino Performing Arts, this event will be the first in a series spotlighting influential Latinos in the fields of Performing Arts, Politics, and Social Issues. “Oxnard College is very excited about the premier event in the Latino Thought Makers Series and looks forward to bringing many more talented artists like Alisa Valdes to the Oxnard Community,” commented Ken Sherwood, Dean of Liberal Studies.

Admission is free for students, faculty, staff, and the community. Parking is $2.00. For more information, contact Connie Campos at tel. 805-986-5804 or by email at



Fillmore Women’s Service Club made their presentation of their “Teacher Recognition Award” at the High School Faculty meeting Tuesday October 22, 2013 at Fillmore High School. This presentation was made by Jeanne Klittich, President; Mimi Burns, 1st Vice President; and Susan Banks, Youth Chairman, with pictures taken by member Sandy Butts. The presentation was made to all the high school teachers in recognition and appreciation for their outstanding dedication to education. With this award was a check to each of the teachers individually for $50. to be used for purchasing additional materials to enhance their curriculum.

This teacher recognition is only one of the many educational awards that the Fillmore Women’s Service Club does with the money they raise at their Fireworks Booth – Thanks to community support and the hard work of our members. This past year we were able to give 19 educational scholarships, plus 2 community scholarships for our graduating seniors, then an additional 3 adult scholarships for women returning to school.

The club meets at the Fillmore Senior Center on the second Wednesday of the month at 7pm. Please come join our fun group, or check out our web page or become a friend on Facebook.


The City of Fillmore is looking for volunteers to help with Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday September 15th from 9am-12pm. The Coastal Clean Up volunteers will meet at Sheills Park & take a short walk over to our Sespe Creek bed to do our part in keeping our waterways clean. For more information/to register 805-524-1500 ext. 713 OR email

Author could not communicate for many years
Ido Kedar
Ido Kedar

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A high school junior will share his experiences with severe nonverbal autism at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at California Lutheran University.

Ido Kedar, author of the 2012 book “Ido in Autismland: Climbing Out of Autism’s Silent Prison,” and Adrienne Johnson, an inclusion facilitator with Los Angeles Unified School District, will give a presentation on Kedar’s educational journey and his aspirations for higher education. The event will be held in Room 101 of the Swenson Center for the Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Kedar, who now communicates with an iPad speech-generating app, spent many years locked in silence and trapped in a remedial educational system because he couldn’t show the world how much he understood. First with a letter board and then with an iPad, he eventually found a way to communicate despite his impaired motor control. He is now an honors student in general education classes, a blogger and a frequent guest lecturer at universities and autism conferences.

In his book, Kedar chronicles his struggles to overcome his limitations and he challenges misconceptions that affect autism treatment. He advocates for the development of new theories and methods that will enable others with severe autism to show their true capacity for understanding and learning.

More people than ever before are being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The Center for Disease Control estimates about one in 88 children has been identified with an ASD. It is unclear how much of the increase is due to a broader definition of ASD and better efforts in diagnosis.

People with autistic disorder, also called classic autism, usually have significant language delays, social and communication challenges, and unusual behaviors and interests.

Kedar’s book will be available for purchase and he will sign copies after the presentation.

The Swenson Center is located at 141 Faculty St. on the Thousand Oaks campus.

CLU and the Autism Society of Ventura County are sponsoring the free event. Limited care for children with disabilities and siblings will be available if requested in advance. RSVP by Nov. 15 to


One in 8 students is a citizen of another country

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will highlight its increasing number of international students during International Education Week activities from Nov. 11 to 15 on its Thousand Oaks campus.

CLU’s observance of the week, which is a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education, will include a World Fair and International Chapel Service.

The fair will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in University Plaza. Held in conjunction with the English Language School on campus, the celebration will focus on the uniqueness of each culture represented at CLU.

The worship service will be held at 11:25 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in Samuelson Chapel.

CLU has more international students than ever this year. The number of foreign nationals taking classes this fall is 505, more than 9 percent higher than last year and nearly 10 times the level of 10 years ago. One in eight CLU students today is a citizen of another country.

The Thousand Oaks university’s foreign students come from 45 countries, an increase from last year. The largest sending countries this year are China, Saudi Arabia, Norway, Taiwan, Austria, Thailand, Sweden, India and Japan.

The week also highlights study abroad experiences offered by CLU. There are program options in more than 80 countries around the world. Each year, nearly 200 students participate in semester, summer and yearlong programs and faculty-led seminars. Twenty-eight percent of the 2013 graduating class studied abroad during their time at CLU.

University Plaza is located outside Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center at 130 Overton Court. Samuelson Chapel is located at 165 Chapel Lane. Soiland Humanities Center is located at 120 Memorial Parkway.

All activities are free and open to the public. CLU’s Office of Multicultural Programs and International Student Services and United Students of the World are sponsoring the events. For more information, call Linda Boberg at 805-493-3323.



Oxnard College will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on October 30 at 11:30 a.m. for its new Dental Hygiene building to be located on campus at 4000 South Rose Avenue in Oxnard. Upon completion, the Dental Hygiene building will provide students and instructors with instructional lab space, a classroom, clinic, and office space. Facility construction is being provided through Measure S Bond funding with an anticipated project budget of $3.5 million. Occupancy is tentatively scheduled for spring 2015. The Oxnard College Dental Hygiene Program prepares students to become licensed dental professionals. Experience is gained through a combination of experiences at an on‐campus dental hygiene clinic and at off-campus rotations. The groundbreaking ceremony will include the Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustees, Chancellor, Oxnard College President, employees, and students. The ceremony is open to the public. Light refreshments and free parking will be available.


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Students in grades K-8 and their families are invited for a fun, free evening of hands-on science experiments with a Halloween theme

Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands (CI) invites students from kindergarten through eighth grade and their families to a fun-filled, free evening of hands-on science experiments in a Halloween carnival-like atmosphere.

The 2013 Science Carnival will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, located at 2900 Thurgood Marshall Drive in Oxnard.

Children can observe and participate in more than 70 activities – including launching marshmallows, concocting glow-in-the-dark goo, freezing candy bars in liquid nitrogen, digging for fossils, blowing up pumpkins and making their own lotion – all while learning about the science behind them.

This is the fifth annual event organized by Professor of Chemistry Phil Hampton as part of a broader CI effort to expose more students to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and careers. Last year's Science Carnival drew more than 1,500 participants.

“By introducing them to the thrills of scientific experimentation in a fun atmosphere, we hope to inspire future generations of scientists and innovators,” Hampton said. “Kids will even be able to take some of their ‘creations’ home.”

The event has a signature Halloween theme, offering children the chance to wear their Halloween costumes and enjoy a variety of “spooky” refreshments and activities. Families are invited to bring a picnic dinner or enjoy food that will be available for sale.

The Science Carnival is funded with the help of CI’s Project ACCESO, a Department of Education Hispanic-Serving Institution grant that promotes STEM learning.

CI students, faculty, staff, the Free Radicals chemistry club, and dozens of members of the local business, education and scientific communities are volunteering their time to lead experiments and help with the event.

For more information, visit; contact Sandra Birmingham, STEM Outreach/Pipeline Coordinator, Project ACCESO, 805-437-3597,; or Phil Hampton, Professor of Chemistry, Director of Project ACCESO, 805-437-8869,

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI’s Social Media.


Are you ready to Trunk-or-Treat?! Calling all groups, clubs and organizations that are interested in partaking in a FREE family-friendly Halloween activity! On September 24th the Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting an informational meeting at City Hall in the Council Chambers from 5:30pm-6:30pm. We invite you to join us on Monday September 24th to answer any questions and accept registration for spots available at our Trunk-or-Treat event.
Registration packets are available for pick up at City Hall on the 2nd floor in the Parks and Recreation Department. Feel free to call 805-524-1500 ext. 713 or for more information.

FUTA created these shirts to show their unity and to connect with parents in the community:
FUTA created these shirts to show their unity and to connect with parents in the community: "Education... the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in," Abraham Lincoln. They have given the shirts to parents who have attended their mixer meetings and shared their concerns with current issues, and also the students who spoke out against the Algebra 2 requirement at FHS. Involved parents started the WeCare Facebook page to get out the word about school events and community concerns.
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Rio Vista will be holding their first annual Holiday Boutique/Craft Faire on November 23rd at Rio Vista Elementary School from 10:00 to 3:00. This is a fundraising event to help support school events. This is a great opportunity to enjoy shopping for unique one of kind items handmade by local folks at the same time help support a great cause.



Dear Parents and Guardians,
Fillmore High School is forming the English Language Advisory Committee, (ELAC). The purpose of ELAC is to advise the principal and school staff on programs and services for English learners. In addition, the committee advises and assists the school principal, staff, and School Site Council as follows:
1. The school’s program for English learners.
2. The development of the School Plan for Student Achievement.
3. The school’s needs assessment.
4. The school’s annual language census.
5. Efforts to make parents aware of the importance of regular school attendance.

This is a great opportunity for parents and guardians to participate actively in the education of your student.

Please come and join us on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 6:30 pm in the FHS conference room.
Refreshments will be served.

Looking forward to seeing you,
Russom Mesfun

Estimados padres y tutores,
La escuela secundaria de Fillmore está formando el comité consejero del desarrollo de ingles como segundo idioma (ELAC).
El propósito de ELAC es para aconsejar el director y el personal escolar de programas y servicios para estudiantes aprendices de ingles. Además, el comité aconseja y asiste el director, personal escolar y el concilio escolar de la siguiente manera:
1. El programa escolar de aprendices de ingles.
2. El desarrollo del plan escolar para los logros estudiantiles.
3. Los exámenes de las necesidades escolares.
4. El censas anual de lenguaje escolar.
5. Esfuerzo para alertar a los padres de la importancia de asistencia en la escuela regular.
Esta es una gran oportunidad para padres y tutores para participar activamente en la educación de su estudiante.
Por favor venga y reúnase el miércoles, 23 de octubre a las 6:30p en el salón de conferencias en la secundaria de Fillmore. Se servirán refrescos.
Esperamos verlos,
Russom Mesfun

Students Aim for 75,000,000 Words

Mountain Vista students have set an ambitious goal to read 75,000,000 words this year. The school is using the Accelerated Reading Program and other methods to calculate the total. Since the program was rolled out on September 18th, the students have read 5,333,517 words. A giant thermometer is being used to record the word count progress. Each grade level has also set a classroom goal. When classroom goals are met teachers will have classroom level celebrations. When a student reaches one million words, balloons will be taken to the classroom, a photo taken of the student and the picture will be displayed in the office “Reading Wall of Fame”. Reading certificates will be given at the end of the year for the number of words read by the students. A school-wide celebration will be organized when we reach our goal such as a Hawaiian Day. Teachers have reported that their students are very motivated to read this year. So far Ms. Gray’s second grade class has already surpassed their goal of 250,000 words and Ms. Butts’ and Ms. Graves’ 5th grade classes have recently passed the 1,000,000 word mark.

Mountain Vista students have also benefitted from a recent book giveaway sponsored by Paula Phillips of the Right Road Kids organization. On Friday, October 4th, Paula and her staff, with the help of Mountain Vista parents, let each Mountain Vista student select two books to take home to keep. This really excited the students. There were smiles everywhere!

California State University Channel Islands
California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands (CI) is now accepting applications for the fall 2014 term. The priority application period opened Oct. 1 and ends at midnight on Nov. 30. High school seniors, community college transfer students and others intending to apply must visit to complete the online application as early as possible. CSUMentor also offers detailed information about the CSU system and campuses, admission requirements and financial aid.

CI has a current enrollment of 5,100 – an increase of approximately 600 students from this past spring. Last year, 11,000 new freshmen and transfer students applied and over 7,200 were admitted. Enrollment is expected to continue to grow, dependent on the availability of additional funding from the state.

For the past several years, the CSU has had to turn away between 20,000-25,000 fully eligible new students each year due to massive cuts in state funding. With the state’s reinvestment in higher education in the 2013-14 budget, CSU’s enrollment will increase by about 6,000 students over the course of the year. This still leaves nearly 20,000 students who may be turned away because of inadequate funding. At their recent September meeting, the CSU Board of Trustees reviewed an initial budget proposal for 2014-15 that includes a request of additional funding to increase enrollment.

The 23rd and newest campus in the CSU system, CI offers 24 undergraduate degree programs, six graduate degrees, and a wide variety of teaching and service credential programs. For more information, visit or contact the CI Admissions & Recruitment office at or 805-437-8520.

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About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI’s Social Media.


The public is invited to attend the Moorpark College Exotic Animal Training and Management (EATM) Complex building dedication on Wednesday, October 23, 3:00 p.m., at 7075 Campus Road in Moorpark. EATM is a two-story, 12,400 square foot building with classrooms, offices, and an auditorium facility used mainly by EATM program students. The Complex has been designed to deviate somewhat from standard campus buildings because of the nature of its use, not only for students, but also for public access to the Zoo. The facility houses two classrooms, one vet lab, a 145-seat auditorium, and faculty/staff offices. A bus unloading area has been installed to permit a drop-off area for local school children who visit the facility. Funding for this project was provided through Measure S Bond funds. The event will include the Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustees, Chancellor, Moorpark College Interim President, employees, and students. Free parking will be available.


On October 2nd 24 Fillmore FFA members competed in the Opening and Closing Ceremony, 11 of whom also took the Best Informed Greenhand Test. The event was held at Ventura High School and the participants were judged on their dress, memorization, and overall presentation of their part in the opening and closing of each FFA meeting. Fillmore took home the trophy by getting 1st Officer Team, 1st Open Team, 1st Novice Team, and 1st Best Informed Greenhand Team. Also, in individual awards for the Opening and Closing Ceremony, Jaylene Ortiz received Outstanding Secretary and Jessica Manginelli received Outstanding Reporter in the Officer Section, Macie Wokal received Outstanding President and Hanah Saviers-Wishart received Outstanding Reporter in the Open Section, and Calvin Oubinarath received Outstanding Sentinel in the Novice Section. For individual awards in the Best Informed Greenhand Test, Jose Perez got 4th, Jane Ramos got 2nd, and Sarah Vollmert got 1st. As you can see Fillmore worked very hard to do well and we succeeded by taking every 1st place available. Fillmore FFA would like to thank our teachers who spent time with us at lunch, every day a week and a half in advance, and helped us do excellent!

Jessica Manginelli
Fillmore FFA Reporter


A group of parents made news on Wednesday by launching the first Parent and Teacher Organization (PTO) at Fillmore High School.

The parents opened the meeting by sharing their vision of a vibrant PTO and expressed a firm determination to support teachers and students by creating a supportive learning environment.

The group plans to raise funds and participate in various school activities.

FHS principal Russom Mesfun told the gathering that "parent and school partnership are key to student success.”

He suggested that future meetings should be held immediately after classes so teachers and staff can participate in the PTO.

Bonnie Weigel
Bonnie Weigel

Camarillo, CA - The Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics at CSU Channel Islands (CI) continues its Fall 2013 Speaker Series, “Insights from Prominent Executives” with chief executives from the nonprofit and health technology sectors. The speaker presentations are free, open to the public by reservation, and include lunch. All events will be held from noon to 2 p.m. in Malibu Hall 100 on the CI campus.

Bonnie Weigel, President and CEO of FOOD Share
Friday, Oct. 18, from noon to 2 p.m. in Malibu 100
As President and Chief Executive Officer of Ventura County’s food bank, Bonnie Weigel’s life
commitment is to eliminate poverty through collaborative partnerships that build paths to self-sufficiency and prosperity. She offers more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector with a focus on sustainable strategic fund, resource, and organizational development. Her role includes building relationships with the community, securing and growing donations and partnerships, and managing resources of the $19 million hunger relief organization, while establishing a sustainable plan to grow the organization’s reach.

Justin Bellante, Co-founder, President and CEO of BioIQ
Friday, Nov. 8, from noon to 2 p.m. in Malibu 100
Justin Bellante is the Co-founder, President and CEO of BioIQ, a pioneering health improvement technology company that created the industry’s first integrated, customizable approach to optimizing investments in corporate health and wellness programs. He is responsible for guiding development of strategy and execution of the company’s business plan. Since inception, he has helped guide BioIQ from concept to a well-established company. He has solidified corporate direction and strategic partnerships, developed the BioIQ wellness technology solution, and built a culture that is passionate about innovation in healthcare.

The Speaker Series is sponsored and presented by the Business Advisory Council of the MVS School of Business & Economics. RSVP at

Complimentary campus parking will be available for all events. Once on campus, follow signs to the designated lot.

For more information, contact Merissa Stith, Events Coordinator, at or 805-437-8548.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI’s Social Media.


LOS ANGELES, CA – California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today unveiled the first state-wide statistics on California’s truancy crisis which reveal that, last year alone, 1 million elementary school students were truant and 250,000 elementary school students missed 18 or more school days at a cost of $1.4 billion in lost funds to California school districts.

These findings are part a report, In School and On Track, issued today by Attorney General Harris in Los Angeles where statewide education, public policy and law enforcement leaders were convened to discuss this crisis and identify concrete solutions.

“The California Constitution guarantees every child the right to an education, yet we are failing our youngest children, as early as kindergarten,” Attorney General Harris said. “These are children as young as five years old who are out of school, falling behind, and too many of them never catch up. This crisis is not only crippling for our economy, it is a basic threat to public safety. It’s time for accountability and to craft real solutions at every level - from parents to school districts, to law enforcement - to solve this problem.”

According to the report, elementary school truancy is at the root of the state’s chronic criminal justice problems. According to the report, missing large amounts of school is one of the strongest predictors of dropping-out, even more so than suspensions or test scores. Annually, dropouts cost California taxpayers an estimated $46.4 billion in incarceration, lost productivity and lost taxes.

Information broken down by school district and county is available here: and:

Key Findings from In School and On Track:
• In California last year, 1 million elementary school students were truant and 250,000 students missed 18 or more school days.
• In some California elementary schools, 92% of students were truant last year.
• California school districts are losing $1.4 billion in funding due to truant students.
Solutions from In School and On Track:
• California must create a statewide system to collect student attendance records.
• School districts must improve the way truant students are monitored.
• School administrators must meet with parents or guardians immediately when a child is truant.
• Law enforcement must focus on early, positive intervention to empower parents and students.
• Parents must be held accountable, including prosecution in the most severe cases.

Attorney General Harris was joined at the symposium by: Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey, California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Compton City Mayor Aja Brown, Dr. Robert Ross, President & CEO of the California Endowment, Tom Saenz, President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Hedy Chang, Director of Attendance Works.

The California Attorney General’s office will issue this report annually. The office’s Civil Rights Enforcement Section spent 7 months researching this crisis and convening stakeholders to devise solutions.

As the District Attorney of San Francisco, Attorney General Harris started a citywide truancy initiative in 2006. In the course of investigating factors contributing to the city’s violent crime rate, she found that 94% of San Francisco homicide victims under age 25 were high school dropouts. Then-District Attorney Harris formed a partnership with the school district to inform parents that they had a legal duty to ensure that their children attended school, provide parents of chronically truant students with wrap-around services and school-based mediation, and prosecute parents in the most severe cases where other interventions did not work.

Over a two-year period, then-District Attorney Harris’s initiative reduced truancy among elementary students in San Francisco by 23%, according to the San Francisco Unified School District. The initiative also served as a model for SB 1317 (Leno), which defined “chronic truancy” for the first time under state law and established the initiative’s model of combining meaningful services with smart sanctions in the California Penal Code. The bill was sponsored by then-District Attorney Harris and was enacted in law in 2010.

The report is available in its entirety online at:

A student sharing her research
A student sharing her research
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Research topics range from chemistry to religion

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - More than 25 of the top undergraduate students at California Lutheran University will present their research findings to the public at the 10th Annual Student Research Symposium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in Ahmanson Science Center.

With guidance from faculty mentors, the students conducted research in the fields of biochemistry, bioengineering and applied physics, biology, chemistry, communication, computer science, exercise science, global studies, mathematics, psychology and religion.

Six students will give oral presentations from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in Richter Hall. Visitors can talk one-on-one with students presenting their results in demonstrations and posters from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Atrium. Refreshments will be served.

Many of the students spent the summer working full time on their projects in collaboration with faculty mentors. Original results shared at the symposium are presented at professional conferences throughout the country and may be published in peer-reviewed journals.

Ahmanson Science Center is located on Memorial Parkway between Regent and Pioneer avenues on the Thousand Oaks campus.

Admission to the symposium, which is sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship, is free. For a complete schedule, visit For more information, call 805-493-3796 or email

EDD chief to speak at Mathews Leadership Forum

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A workforce development expert and business and civic leaders will help California Lutheran University students prepare to launch their careers during the 2013 Mathews Leadership Forum on Thursday, Oct. 24.

The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. in Lundring Events Center. Keynote speaker Michael Dolphin, chief of the Employment Development Department’s Workforce Services Division for Los Angeles and Ventura counties, will discuss “Is There a Job in My Future?”

Following an opening reception, students, faculty, staff and business and community leaders will participate in round-table discussions on how to network. The facilitators will include Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County Executive Director Steven Dwyer, Conejo Recreation and Park District General Manager Jim Friedl, Natural Balance Pet Food founder Joey Herrick, Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks and Naval Base Ventura County Commanding Officer Capt. Lawrence Vasquez. The small-group discussions help build relationships and provide mentoring opportunities.

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Niki Spencer at the Two-Day Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Santa Barbara, CA.
Niki Spencer at the Two-Day Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Santa Barbara, CA.
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On September 7th and 8th, Fillmore High School Senior, Niki Spencer, participated in the Two-Day Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Santa Barbara, CA. Niki spent the last nine months raising donations to be a participant in this life changing event. She walked in the memory of her late grandmother, Gladys Spencer, who passed away from breast cancer before she ever got the chance to meet her. Niki walked 26.2 miles on Saturday through Santa Barbara, Montecito and Summerland, and completed the journey in Carpinteria on Sunday walking 13.1 miles. Niki would like to thank her family, friends, and the generous citizens of Fillmore who made contributions and purchased raffle tickets making this amazing experience possible. Donations will be used for research, early detection and treatment of breast cancer.


Fillmore High School is launching a PTO to encourage parents and the community in supporting our teachers and staff in efforts aimed at student success. Interested FHS parents and community members are invited to attend our first meeting on Wednesday, October 2nd 2013 at 7pm in the FHS library. Refreshments will be served.